Roger Misso, a Red Creek native who flew combat missions as a U.S. Navy pilot, is the first Democrat to enter the 24th Congressional District race against Republican U.S. Rep. John Katko.
Misso, D-Syracuse, announced Thursday that he has filed to form a campaign committee. His entry comes at the beginning of the second fundraising quarter for federal candidates.
“I am running because I believe in central New York,” Misso said in a statement. “Our neighbors and our community deserve leaders who will put our needs ahead of the billionaires, big corporations and political insiders who fund their campaigns. I am running to bring a new generation of servant leadership to Congress.”
Misso was raised in Wayne County and is a Red Creek Central School District graduate. In his youth, he said he “grew up skipping stones” at Rudy’s, a restaurant on the Lake Ontario shoreline in Oswego, and worked as a dishwasher at The Cottage Inn in his hometown.
His military career began when he was admitted to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. He graduated from the academy, then served in the Navy for more than 10 years. His stint with the Navy included combat operations as a pilot.
Misso said he was deployed to the Middle East twice for combat operations, including one of the first missions against the Islamic State, a terrorist group primarily in Iraq and Syria.